Australia’s “terrible” air quality is taking a toll on public health, with hospitals crowded with patients suffering heart and lung damage, said an expert. 

“The air quality over Sydney and Canberra, the capital of Australia, has been appalling,” Pep Canadell, a scientist at the Climate Science Centre of Australia, told Anadolu Agency by e-mail.

“Hospitals have been full of people with respiratory and heart conditions, and time will show the true impact when research is done on the health of the population.”

Canadell, who is also executive director of the Canberra-based Global Carbon Project, said the country has several

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